I think too much. But then, maybe I’m right where I should be.
Coming from the gun range yesterday, a friend and I were enjoying lunch while the radio was playing. One of the early MTV hits from the Fabulous Four came on. Of course, I’m not talking about the “Fab Four,” better known as the Beatles. I’m referring to the first black performers to get constant rotation on the channel: Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney Houston, and Lionel Richie.
It dawned on me that three of the four are gone, each of their deaths mysterious and controversial. All of them passed at a time that we would consider to be “too early” and under weird circumstances. Lionel is still here, which could mean one of three things:
- Absolutely nothing
- His life is in danger
- He may know something
Okay, I’ll admit that the latter theory is something to which I lent creative license. I briefly considered using this as basis for a satiric story…but then, there’s nothing funny about the passing of those maverick trendsetters. Being a fan of their works (remember, Lionel was once the head of the Commodores before he began to espouse Pop, and later, Country music) and what they accomplished, I couldn’t make a joke about their deaths.
But I can still pose the question: Is there some sort of connection?